Things You Probably Don't Know About Dale
- He was born in Keokuk, Iowa. His father was a farmer and his mother was an elementary schoolteacher.
- He played basketball, baseball, and track (discus thrower) in high school, lettering eight times and receiving all-county recognition in basketball.
- He was a member of "Future Farmers of America" in high school, and raised chickens several summers as his project.
- He attended Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois, majoring in mathematics and minoring in physical education.
- Dale worked his way through college building houses, loading hay bales, test driving, catering banquets, washing pots and pans, cleaning restrooms, mowing lawns, welding, and working as the Dean's Audiovisual Assistant.
- He taught mathematics in junior high and high schools in Manteno, Illinois and Constantine, Michigan.
- Dale received his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
- He broke both bones in his left leg in a skiing accident in Michigan.
- He coached basketball six years in Illinois and Michigan.
- He joined the Harbor Lights Quartet, along with his wife Liz and Dale and Ruth Howie, traveling on weekends singing in churches throughout the Midwest for about 15 years.
- Dale worked as a part-time sportswriter at the Elkhart Truth Newspaper for eight years.
- Dale has traveled to 41 countries outside the U.S.A.
- Dale collects camels and camel-related items, and has quite a "Camel-Lot" in his office.
- Dale is an avid reader of current events, sports news, ministry resources, and personal improvement books.
Things You Probably Don't Know About Liz
- Liz was the third child in a family of 2 boys and 2 girls. Her father was a factory worker and her mother worked in many different customer service sales jobs.
- Liz grew up in Elkhart, Indiana. She played the violin for 6 years and took lessons on the piano, accordion, and guitar as a youth.
- In high school, Liz competed on the speech and debate teams. She was President of the High School Drama club and acted in every play she could land a role in.
- She joined the Harbor Lights Quartet at age 16 when they entered a city music contest and won second place. The quartet went on to the National Quartet Convention in Memphis, Tennessee where they placed 2nd. in competition.
- Liz traveled with the Harbor Lights Quartet all during her high school and college years and beyond, regularly singing in churches for about 20 years.
- Liz had the lead of Liza Doolittle from the stage play Pygmalion (My Fair Lady musical) in her sophomore year of college.
- Liz served as Student Body Secretary in her senior year at Olivet Nazarene University.
- She learned ventriloquism from Jimmy Nelson's "Instant Ventriloquism" record during her senior year of college.
- She attended school in Saltillo, Mexico the summer after she graduated from college to further her fluency in Spanish.
- Liz founded the "Golden Rule" Day Care in her first full-time ministry position. She was Director of Children's Ministries at the same time at First Church of the Nazarene in Elkhart, Indiana.
- Liz was an Adjunct professor (part time) at Rockmont College (now Colorado Christian University) in Lakewood, Colorado.
- Liz has more than ten ventriloquist partners, but her favorite sidekick is Taffy the Duck.
- Liz loves to read fiction, especially books written around Biblical characters and/or events. Her favorite authors are Randy Alcorn, John Grisham, Ted Dekker, Max Lucado, and Og Mandino.